Monday, November 21, 2005

This week at the ACS: Thanksgiving Edition!

Well, the semester is winding down...the air is getting chilly...and we're all hitting the books! We have just a couple of events remaining before winter break, and we hope to see you there. Happy Thanksgiving to all. As always, please write with comments and suggestions for events. --Mary Kelly and the Columbia ACS Board

Contents of this message:
1. John Ashcroft's visit, November 30
2. "Taking Law Exams" panel, December 6
3. Mark your calendars! Peter Rubin, with a party to follow, Jan. 19
4. Blog This!!!
5. Writing competition

John Ashcroft's Visit

By now, you've probably noticed that John Ashcroft will be visiting Columbia on November 30. Jon Sherman of the ACS Board is working with other groups on campus to plan a "prebuttal" event that will give people an opportunity to learn more about Ashcroft in advance of his visit. Watch your inbox for updates!

"Taking Law Exams" panel

Our last general meeting of the semester is on December 6. The main event, which we are cosponsoring with BLSA, will be a panel on "taking law exams," featuring Young Lee, Adrienne Harris, Nick Napolitan, and one additional 2L (TBA). Of course, lunch will be provided. See you there!

Peter Rubin on January 19

Mark your spring semester calendars now! Peter Rubin, founder of the ACS and prominent Supreme Court advocate, will visit Columbia ACS on January 19 to speak about the Alito nomination hearings (scheduled to begin January 9) and the fate of the right to privacy in a Roberts Court. An open bar-appetizer membership party will follow. Plan on bringing your friends!

Blog This!!!

Our blog program goes into winter hibernation after this week and will reappear in January. Watch your inbox for the last fall-semester opportunity to contribute to the ACS Blog!

ACS Writing Competition

OVERVIEW: The University of Pennsylvania Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society will serve as host to the second annual legal writing competition for law students nationwide. This year's theme is Addressing Inequality: Moving Toward a More Just Society. Papers will be judged on their effective use, analysis, and/or expansion of progressive legal scholarship. This year's judging committee will include federal court judges and leading academics. The student authors of the top three papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention and a cash prize for their work. The top paper will receive an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. The deadline is Friday, February 3, 2006.

For more information, you can access the writing competition website from Questions? Email Mary Kelly, mp2331.


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